Despite making its name as a last man standing game of 30-ish minute rounds, Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds has dabbled with speeding up its matches over the years. It hasn’t quite outrun the “running simulator” pejorative because apparently I’m one of the few folks that actually enjoys having sweaty palms and an elevated heart rate while tactically sneaking from bush to bush as the play area narrows. Everyone else wants more action and fast.PUBG Coprp have attempted a team deathmatch mode before…Read More
Season 6 is in full-swing! Best hope the intensity and explosive gameplay of Karakin has you ready for our newest heart-pumping, non-stop action game mode- Team Deathmatch. PUBG LABS is also returning with the next iteration of our Skill-Based Rating test, with changes based on feedback received fro mthe first test.
We're making some much needed and often requested changes to throwables. Extra-attention has been paid to Frag Grenades, which will be seeing change reducing their overall strength.
Team Deathmatch will be live with Update 6.2 on both PC and Console
PUBG is founded on the premise of Battle Royale, but we know that sometimes you just need to change it up a bit. For those players, we’re happy to introduce Arcade, a new feature that focuses on the PUBG gunplay that you love, but in new game types to thrill and challenge you. While the idea is to continually add and rotate game types into Arcade, we’re starting with a tried and true FPS classic: Team Deathmatch.
Scheduled Release: 2/4/2020, 10 a.m. PST / 6 p.m. UTC
A recent study developed and hosted on GYO Score reveals esports athletes are more inclined to pursue college majors in STEM than any other field. The GYO survey was conducted as part of their recruiting profile creation process and involved 1,156 esports players at both high school and collegiate levels who completed all or some of the demographic survey questions.
Of the 1,029 esports athletes who answered questions about their desired major, a whopping 52.6% answered that they are primarily interested to pursue college majors in the Sciences category. The Sciences category includes majors such as:
Computer Science / Computer Programming
Additional STEM-related fields
The entire list can be found in the full report
Graph 1. Demonstrates the correlation between high school/collegiate esports athletes and their desired college majors.
The report found that athletes were interested in business and finance majors with nearly 11.1% of respondents saying so. The field includes majors such as:
The entire list can be found in the full report
The GYO platform study found that only 24.4% of esports athletes are interested in business/finance and arts degrees (13.3%). Arts degrees include majors such as:
The entire list can be found in the full report
Photo by Anthony Brolin on Unsplash
Esports Athletes Compared to Traditional Sport Athletes
When compared to traditional athletics, esports players appear to have a higher variety of desired majors and study focuses than athletes pursuing a path with traditional sports such as football and basketball. In 2016, a Bleacher Report study found college football athletes pursued degrees in business/finance and arts/social sciences much more heavily than degrees related to STEM degrees. Due to the methodology of the Bleacher Report study, direct comparison is not possible, as they have provided results with differing major groupings that are incompatible with the GYO study results. However, the Bleacher Report results do show a much higher percentage of college football athletes gravitate towards business and social sciences than STEM-related majors, with only 9% of studies athletes falling into the “Arts and Sciences” category of the study
Arts and Sciences
These findings are supported further by a study on major “clustering” by traditional athletes as published in the Journal of Intercollegiate Sport, 2010. In the study, the authors, Sanders and Hildenbrand, point to the clustering of traditional athletes towards the social science majors. This effect appears enhanced when the athletes pursue high-profile sports such as college football, men’s basketball, and women’s basketball and is also influenced by race and gender of the participants.
The Concept of an “Esports” Major
With esports becoming a prominent form of entertainment, esports athletes are keen on the idea of entering an esports collegiate program or gaming-related major. Approximately 13.2% of surveyed athletes would be interested in a major related to gaming and esports. As “Esports” is not currently a major with a clear delineation in most major institutions, the study noted a variety of write-in responses that were counted towards the “Esports & Gaming Major” category featured in this study. Some of the included responses were “Esports Player”, “Esports Coach”, and “Esports Management”.
For these players, they may be seeking study options that are similar to “Sports Management” programs which are significantly popular with traditional athletes. While further study is warranted in this case, there does appear to be a strong desire among respondents to somehow study a field in college that allows them to stay within the esports industry section following graduation.
Finally, 5.3% of respondents listed Unknown or Unsure about their interested college majors and 4.4% have been categorized as “Other”.
The full report can be requested below for academic professionals and students with an eligible and active email address registered to their school or academy (email@example.com).
Click to request the full report.
GYO Score is an esports and gaming sabermetrics platform that seeks to discover gaming talent early and often through advanced statistics processing. This report collected responses from 1,156 GYO platform users via a scholarship recruitment survey. It’s important to note that data presented in this study relied on player self-reporting, which can introduce issues such as, but not limited to, selective memory and exaggeration. GYO grouped together majors when results were similar enough to one another to reasonably assume the answers were the same (i.e. “Computer Science” and “Computer Sciences” answers were grouped together, as were “Criminal Studies” and “Criminology”). GYO removed data that appeared to be erroneously entered or captured, such as dates out of range and improperly formatted answers. Statistical testing was not conducted in this study, and the research conducted was exploratory. Future research could explore other behavior.Read More
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